More than 12 million energy utility customers in California pay less than the national average for natural gas and electricity, and the wealthiest residential consumers tend to pay the highest monthly bills on average, according to a study done by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) planning division.
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Low natural gas prices mean pain at the wellhead, but they continue to bring smiles at the residential burner tip, according to the latest J.D. Power customer satisfaction survey of gas utility customers.
Retail natural gas utility rates in Colorado will increase by 14-17% in the first quarter compared to the same period this year, Minnesota-based Xcel Energy said. The combination utility’s electric utility rates will drop slightly quarter over quarter.
Based on projections of flat natural gas demand, record production and unseasonably warm weather, natural gas prices this winter are expected to be flat compared with a year ago, when Henry Hub prices averaged $3.47/MMBtu, according to the Natural Gas Supply Association’s (NGSA) 13th Annual Winter Outlook.
Natural gas will remain the most affordable heating option for most residential customers this winter, with mild temperatures expected to keep any increase in gas bills at no more than 5-10% compared with last winter, according to the American Gas Association (AGA).
Noting that the state’s climate change mediation goals call for investing billions of dollars in energy efficiency, California regulators on Thursday approved $65.9 million to conduct five pilot energy efficiency programs using utility ratepayer-supported financial mechanisms. Pilot programs will be phased in beginning in the fourth quarter.
Retail natural gas utility bills for residential and small business customers in Colorado are expected to increase 8% in the fourth quarter, compared with the same quarter last year, Xcel Energy’s Denver-based combination utility told Colorado state regulators Monday.
Constitution Pipeline Co. has finalized the route it will propose for a Marcellus Pipeline in a certification application it expects to file with FERC this spring, the company said in a project update newsletter sent to landowners and other stakeholders.
Washington state regulators fined Bellevue, WA-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) $430,000 for improperly charging natural gas and electric utility residential customers for disconnecting their service. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved a multi-party settlement agreement that alleged 1,639 violations by the combination utility of the state’s consumer protection rules. In addition, PSE now has refunded disconnect-visit fees it charged more than 9,000 customers, dating back to December 2009. PSE also has agreed to change its policy regarding the disconnection visits, the UTC said.
As a hedge against higher natural gas prices, a subsidiary of LSB Industries Inc., an Oklahoma-based chemical and equipment manufacturer, has bought an interest in a package of wells and potential drilling locations in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.